I received this message from Senator Murray’s office concerning recent FCC activity:
As you know, the FCC recently voted to lift its decades-old restriction prohibiting a company from owning both television stations and newspapers in any one media market. Under the new plan, a newspaper could now own one television or radio station in the nation’s 20 largest media markets. But the FCC’s plan also makes it easier for a newspaper to buy a television station in the 190 other media markets.
I am very concerned about the way the FCC has rushed these changes with little real public input. That is why I am a cosponsor of S. 2332, the Media Ownership Act of 2007, which was introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND). This bill would set forth several steps that the FCC must go through before it could change any broadcast ownership regulations and would have required the FCC to slow down before it issued any decision on media ownership. Now that the FCC has acted, however, there will be a number of Congressional actions to prevent the new plan from going into place.
I believe diversity in media is key to having an informed democracy, and to maintain that diversity we must give consumers as many choices as possible regarding where and how they get their news. Congress must protect and defend America’s access to varied sources of news and information. Rest assured, I will continue to work to promote diversity over the publicly-owned airwaves as the 110th Congress progresses. Thank you for contacting me, and I hope to hear from you again soon.
I hope all is well in Seattle.